Briefing for Friday October 23: Sushi to courtyards

Briefing for Friday October 23: Sushi to courtyards
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Hello Friday.

Sycamore might be throwing the city’s biggest party of 2015 on Saturday. Over 2,000 people have RSVPd on Facebook. Why so much love? Is it the location? The beer (they’ve won fancy medals)? The pitchers? The live music? The lights strung effortlessly over the picnic tables?

Somehow they’ve managed to make fans out of bankers, hipsters, dog lovers, beer snobs, beer newbs, parents, bros, neighbors and more. I’ll never forget when I brought my son their to drink a beer at 5 p.m. on a beautiful Saturday and a 23-year-old tank top wearing bro came up to me and said, “That’s the cutest baby, what’s his name?” as he shook my 8-month-old son’s hand.

Now that Sarah and Justin own the land, I’m excited to watch their expansion plans. I talked to Sarah on Saturday and she’s got some remarkable ideas on how to use their land close to the Rail Trail. Anyways. 



Today’s Weather: 79. Sunny. 0% chance of rain. Patio time.
Today’s Stat: 13. Number of shootings over the past year at illegal “liquor houses” that pop up after 2 a.m. when bars are closed [Marusak+Wootson/Observer].
Today’s Job: Senior Account Executive / Social Media Manager at Taylor PR.Apply.
Today’s Charlottean: Bruce Moffett, restauranteur behind Barrington’s, Good Food and Stagiono, for 15 years of devotion to Charlotte restaurant scene. Check out Bruce’s Charlotte Cooks Too initiative to get more respect for our city’s food scene.


Where and when to get half-price sushi in Charlotte [Levans]
Akahana Asian Bistro (The Plaza): Daily buy one, get one free. AZN Azian Cuisine (Piedmont Row): Half off select rolls Sunday 4 p.m. to close. Enso Asian Bistro (Uptown): Daily 4 to 7 p.m. Pisces Sushi Monday – Friday 4 to 6 p.m. Zen Asian Fusion (Dilworth): Friday and Saturday 5 to 6:30 p.m. View more…

CMPD’s proposed ‘public safety zones’ will do more harm than good [Beth]
If passed, a public safety zone ordinance would ban people with past arrests or current pending charges from certain areas of the city, as designated by CMPD. Read this in-depth opinion from a three-year public defender. Important.

Where the new houses are being built in Charlotte (+ the 5 most expensive) [Dunn]
The southwestern part of the county is absolutely booming. There’s a huge amount of development just south of Pineville-Matthews Road by the state line, and Steele Creek is on fire from near the airport all the way down to the border.

Here’s what makes Common Market’s courtyard so great [Low]
An architect and urban designer submitted this op-ed that explains why the Common Market courtyard in South End is “civic by design.” Did you realize that small public spaces 75 feet across are optimal because “a person’s face is still recognizable, therefore psychologically you feel comfortable and half-tied together”?

7 basic answers to questions native Charlotteans get most [Long]
Discover the story behind fish camps, textile mills, livermush, big banking, our queen, confusing streets and Uptown.

Charlotte’s Studio B masters the changing music scene [Gassaway]
Fascinating story behind the music business Dave Harris has created over his 25-year career. He’s masterd over 4,000 full-length albums. View 5 photos and videos of his Plaza Midwood studio.

12 tips for making it through the Carolina Renaissance Festival like a boss (er…King) [Bryant]
16 photos. I didn’t realize there are 12 stages with music, comedy and circus acts. I love the advice to “play with weapons.”

Mailbag: highlighting 36 electronic feedback letters [You]
I decided to write simple response to all of these. My favorite is the Nextdoor Halloween candy map analysis and the story of the parent whose son ate $65 from a sushi conveyor belt restaurant that used to be here in Charlotte. 


Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Day Parade features Richard Petty, 7 high school marching bands, 12 balloons, 21 floats and 7 segwalloons [Agenda/Instagram]. They’ve also got a native mobile app. Starts at 9:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 26).

Forbes ranked North Carolina #2 on their Best States For Business And Careers List [Badenhousen/Forbes]. Utah was #1. I also get angry when people brag on The Research Triangle without giving love to Charlotte.

Luke Kuechly’s favorite Charlotte restaurants are Ilios Noche, Cowbell, Roasting Company and Thai Taste [Voth/Charlotte Magazine]. Love this scoop. I honestly thought he’d be more of a Pio Pio and Viva Chicken type guy. 

Making your own soda is a trend amongst leading local beverage providers like Kindred, Dogwood, Free Range Brewing, Heist and Not Just Coffee [Purvis/Observer]. I’ve had the Chef’s Farmer Blackberry Ginger soda from Free Range Brewing and it was delicious.

Have a great weekend and get excited because NBC’s Sunday Night Football truck just rolled into town for coverage of the Panthers vs Eagles game at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Go Panthers!

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